ARRIVAL OF THE SHIP ROOPARELL
The New Zealand Herald, Monday June 1 1874
The fine iron-built ship Rooparell, 1044 tons, Captain Sandberg, arrived in harbour on Saturday afternoon from London, after a fine passage of 90 days from land to land, and 98 days from port to port. The Rooparell is a splendid ship, belonging to the Clyde, and classed AA1 at Lloyd's. She was built in 1865 for an East Indiaman. She arrived in harbour in good order and condition, and brings her large number of immigrants to port in excellent health and good spirits. The ship comes consigned to the New Zealand Shipping Company. We are indebted to Captain Sandberg for the following report of passage:- On the 19th the immigrants were taken on board, but in consequence of a dense fog was unable to get into the Channel until the 21st. On the 24th the vessel took her departure from Gravesend, very heavy weather being experienced in the Channel. Landed the Pilot at Dodman Head (to the northward of Falmouth) on the 27th. After that strong westerly gales were encountered, the barometer falling as low as 28.80, continuing until the 1st March, by which time the vessel had drifted up as far as Plymouth. Communicated with a Plymouth pilot, and desired to be reported. Thence, until March 15, fine weather and variable winds were experienced, on which day in latitude 30 N the N E trades were met with, and lasted until reaching 2 deg N. On the 19the March was signalled by the ship Comorin, Captain McKenzie, 17 days out from Liverpool, to Calcutta, in latitude 19 N, longitude 25.50 W, for medical assistance. The doctor of the vessel, Dr J F Fiske, accompanied Captain Sandberg on board, and ascertained that on the preceding day a seaman belonging to the Comorin, named David McDonald, had sustained a severe double compound fracture of his leg and dislocation of the ankle during heavy weather. The Comorin, having no doctor on board, Dr Fiske, with the consent of the captains of both vessels, ordered the mans removal to the Rooparell for the purpose of obtaining surgical treatment. The man was accordingly taken on board the Rooparell, and on the evening of the same day, Dr Fiske amputated the leg with a successful result, the patient, we are glad to say, being now out of danger. The Comorin was lost sight of some some hours afterwards On the 26th March signalled the North German ss Babia standing to the northward. The Rooparell got the S E trades in 1 deg N on the 27th March, crossing the line on the following day, in longitude 26 deg 10 min W. On the 30th March sighted the ship Ballochmyle, from Plymouth to Canterbury, N Z with immigrants, 25 days out, in latitude 5 deg 43 min S longitude 29 deg 18 min W. On the 1st April spoke and boarded the ship British Peer, from London to Calcutta, 26 days out. The S E trades were lost in 28 deg S latitude, and after that until the 25th April light variable winds were experienced, rounding the Cape of Good Hope on that day, in latitude 31 deg 41 min S. The eastings were run down in the parallel of 45 deg S, strong westerly gales prevailing, accompanied with plenty of snow and hail. The southern cape of Tasmania was rounded on May 23rd, in latitude 44 deg 18 min S longitude 149 deg 47 min E and from there until making the New Zealand coast S S W and southerly winds were encountered. On the 25th inst spoke the ship Nineveh, bound from Sydney to London, six days out, in 36 deg 16 min S latitude 168 deg 42 min E longitude. Sighted the Three Kings on the 28th inst, whence moderate weather prevailed. Made the land off the Poor Knights on the afternoon of the 29th, and sighted Titi Tiri on Saturday morning, and arrived as above stated. Dr J F Fiske has come out as surgeon superintendent of the Rooparell. Three births and one premature birth, occurred on the passage, and three deaths are recorded - namely, two infants and one man, named Charley Kewley, the latter from consumption and paralysis. The Rooparell anchored off the wharf, and was boarded by the Health Officer and Immigration Officer. After the usual inspection a clean bill of health was given, and the vessel at once admitted to pratique. Her passengers will be landed in the course of to-day, weather permitting.